Disabling the keyboard power management keys

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by ian17, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. ian17

    ian17 Guest

    How do I disable power management keys? I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium.

    I keep accidently touching the Power Off key on my keyboard and this shuts
    down the whole PC. I don't need to switch off the system from the keyboard,
    so I would like to disable this key.

    Any ideas?
    ian17, Oct 30, 2007
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    Bryson Guest

    I would also like to add a similar request if I could.
    Is there also a way to disable media hotkeys that open programs like the
    internet browser or IM? I have hit those at inoportune times myself while
    doing processor intensive things like graphics editing or gaming and have had
    the computer freeze when the program opens
    Bryson, Oct 30, 2007
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    Dwarf Guest


    ian17 - Click 'Start', 'Control Panel', 'Hardware and Sound'. In the 'Power
    Options' tab there is an entry 'Change what the power buttons do'. Click
    this, and you can change the function of your power buttons to whatever you
    like (in your case, to 'do nothing').
    Bryson - If yours is a Microsoft keyboard, you should have a program called
    'Microsoft Keyboard'. If you run this program, you should be able to change
    the assignment of troublesome hotkeys to something else. For example, my
    keyboard is a Microsoft Digital Pro Keyboard and I can change the assignments
    of these keys to whatever I like (including 'Disable the use of this key',
    which is probably the option you require).
    Dwarf, Oct 31, 2007
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    ian17 Guest

    I've discovered that the solution for me is in "Control Panel>Power
    Options>Choose What the Power Buttons Do". There's an option to turn it
    right off!

    Bryson, you want to disable other buttons. I recommend SharpKeys which is a
    utility I came across from reading Wikipedia under "Computer Keyboard". It
    writes to the windows scan code map registry key to change the actions of any
    key(s) on the board. I've tried it and it's safe. The latest version is
    also Vista compatible, and it's free.
    ian17, Nov 1, 2007
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